China’s New Law On Video Games Is Actually Terrifying

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China recently passed a law that limits how much time someone can spend playing video games, gives them a curfew for playing video games and caps how much someone can spend on video games.

Currently, the law allows for 90 minutes of game playing per day with a curfew between 8am and 10pm The law impacts all Chinese citizens under 18 and is designed to combat what China describes as “poor academic performance across a broad swath of society.”

It’s not just how long someone can play that’s being addressed in this new law, there’s also now a cap that underage users can spend on gaming. Users will only be allowed to spend $28 to $57 per month on DLC and microtransactions. 

It’s unclear how the Chinese government intends to administer this program, but it did say that users will have to sign up for online gaming accounts using their real name.

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Robbie Landis Host of the CheckpointXP National Show, Other Identity comic book podcast and a Dungeon Master. Robbie Landis has been playing games since Yoshi's Cookie Factory was released on the NES. He enjoys RPGs, APEX Legends and World of Warcraft.

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